Centralized debt collection a work in progress
BATON ROUGE, La. - Lawmakers looking to boost dollars for state expenses are working on a compromise to centralize and toughen debt collection efforts.
Estimates are the move could drum up $200 million over five years for the state treasury.
The Senate Finance Committee stalled the proposal by Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater on Monday, trying to address concerns about administrative costs and the flow of money.
Broadwater has been working for a year on ways to intensify debt collection efforts.
Currently, the state has 174 agencies and no unified collection system to handle all state government debts. The bill would create a debt recovery office in the Department of Revenue and give it the authority to revoke and suspend state-issued licenses for back debts.